Saturday, 1 August 2015

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Is summer here? Or is it Autumn really early!  I’ve heard that we should be getting the sunshine back again this week, which will make deciding what to wear a much easier task – I don’t know about you but I hate having to think of layers, I feel here in the UK we seem to have to do this all year round!

So talking of what to wear; a fellow blogger Catherine, has recently wrote a about how to dress professionally throughout the summer months at work.  It’s always tempting to do more of the dress down look during the summer, but could this affect your future career opportunities?  Catherine writes “If you have to think about whether it’s suitable for the office, it probably isn’t.” Read the full article here.

This week across the news and social media we’ve all heard about the very sad death of Cecil the lion. In the past I would never have considered myself much of an animal lover, but two years ago I got my first dog, a bichonpoo called Alfonso – since then I now look at every animal as a different form of him, and it’s switched on a button in me that now can get very upset over matters like this.  

So I was really pleased to hear that the model Jane Birkin whose name has been used for years by Hermès for their iconic bag, which is known for having a six year waiting list, to remove her name.  She’s found out that crocodiles are being farmed and cruelly killed to make said bags; it takes the skins of three crocodiles to make just one bag!  With Ms Birkin making this stance, and the hype of it across social media, this has now made owning a once truly desirable item, one of the uncoolest bags to have, overnight; the power of social media should not be underestimated!   Read more about this here.

A couple of years ago I was in Monte Carlo with my husband, we had just finished having afternoon tea at Café de Paris and we took a walk around, as we were passing Hotel de Paris, a lady stepped out and I kid you not she was well into a 90’s but she made my head turn, why?  She was the most glamourous elderly lady I think I had ever seen.  There was no beige, no practical shoes, she was brightly clothed and accessorised from head to toe! I said to my husband, “Look at her, do you see her? That’s what I want to look like when I’m her age” And I mean it.

The person I have found that mirrors my aspiration is Iris Apfel.  Iris was born 29th August in 1921, she’s currently 93 years old and has her own documentary movie out this week called, Iris.  She’s an American business woman, interior designer and a fashion icon. Renowned for her stylish and eccentric dress sense, particularly her large glasses.  She has been quoted by the BBC for saying “I think dressing up should be fun”, she was listed in 2013 as one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by The Guardian.  

To get a feel for what Iris is like, you can watch the BBC’s five minute interview here.  Showings of her movie are limited and mainly in the London area, but if you’re interested, you can read more about locations and dates here.

And finally, I will shortly be heading off for some sunshine, destination not yet booked but I’m hoping it’s going to be hot, hot, hot.  My recent purchase ticks boxes for dress down sight-seeing, dress up dinner, beach cover up, plus relaxed and easy travel wear.  It’s bright, it’s red/orange and it’s definitely in my colour-season of autumn.  I love this dress, named Hannah from Whistles.

Here’s a pick of me wearing it on Instagram – you can follow me @lovedbylizzi

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Six of the Best - Summer Hats

I'm very excited about this weekend; I'm spending it with two of my gorgeous girlfriends and we will mainly be drinking champagne and spending our time shopping - what more could a girl ask for!

On my shopping list is a new summer hat.  With my recent house move, I looked at the ones I have and whilst for the most part they will keep the sun off my head, they are looking dated.  One of the best ways to keep your look modern, is to keep your accessories bang up to date!

I also saw on Instagram Nicole Scherzinger, who was looking fabulous in a sun hat on a girlie beach weekend to celebrate her birthday -  don't you think she looks fab??!

Image from Nicole Scherzinger Instagram

So I've been doing a little research in prep for my shopping spree, and these are six of the best I will be checking out!

Panama Hat

Stripe Floppy Hat

Fat Face
Straw Trilby

Jack Wills
Frances Panama Hat
Was £98.50, now £58

Luxury Chocolate Floppy Hat

Classic Fedora Hat

If you want to see how my shopping and weekend goes before my next post, then simply follow me on Instagram at @lovedbylizzi .  Have fun, I know my little boy will too, if he ever gets off the bed!!

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Women - In life, in business and in style!

Three years ago Kelly agreed to be one my first interviewees for my feature Women - In life, in business and in style!   My readers have asked for this feature to come back, and I thought there is no better way to start than to invite Kelly to see how life is now…

It's been a couple of years since our last catch up on the blog - any major life changes since then? 
Yes, It's been a hectic but an amazing 3 years. I moved into a new house last year, me and Andrew (my husband) have been promoted at work and I ran my first half marathon in March.

Do you and Andrew still try to have good quality time to achieve work/life balance?
Definitely, it's even more important now that we both have busy jobs to have that work/life balance. 

What did you do on your last date night? 
We went to see a band that I love called The Shires. (You must watch them on YouTube. They are amazing).

What do you do when you have "me time"? 
I love to sit down, without the tv on, and read a good book. I love the peace and quiet!

How would you describe your style? 
I would say my style is quite simple and sophisticated. 

Who's your style icon and why? 
Reese Witherspoon. She has a classic yet simple style and demonstrates how less is more.

Apart from your mobile, purse and keys - what three must-haves should be in your handbag?

  1. Make-up bag
  2. Perfume
  3. Sunglasses

What book are you currently reading?
Perfect Match by Katie Forde

What's the one styling or shopping tip you would love to pass on to Loved by Lizzi readers? 
Always try before you buy and take someone with you who will give you an honest opinion.

Quick fire questions:

Dog or cat? Dog
London or Paris? London 
Lipstick or Lipgloss? Lipgloss
Hair up or Hair down? Hair up
Ugg boots or Havanas? Havanas
Leather or denim? Leather 
Dress up or dress down? Dress up
David Beckham or Brad Pitt? David Beckham
Heels or Flats? Heels
Cinema or Theatre? Theatre

Love this feature?  Then why not check out a few from the past, simply click here to view.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Six of the Best - Summer Dresses

Now that the summer is here, there is nothing more versatile than the summer dress; wear it shopping, lunching, in the park or for a walk with the dog.  It's a great way to keep cool on hot sticky days and they are also great to use as cover-ups on beaches, especially if your going for a spot of lunch.

Opt for a range of different size bags, types of shoes and jewellery - all in similar colours; this will give you lots of options to mix and match, so that you never have the same look twice.  Although if you find a look that rocks, then make sure you use that one again!

Summer naturally brings colour, so have lots of fun.  If you know your undertones of either warm or cool try then aim to have this as your foundation colour to enhance your natural colourings.

If you do choose a dress in multi-colour, then pick a few colours and try to get small cardies to wear with them, for those summer evenings at BBQ's or alfresco dining - again this gives you lots of options to play with.

Here are six of the best I've found for you…

Somedays Lovin Daisy Drew Maxi Dress in Tiered Floral Print

Mela Loves London Zig Zag Print Dress

The Dressing Room
T Bags Los Angeles - Front Embellished Print Dress - Black & White
Was £190, Now £133

M&S - Per Una
Cotton Floral Dress in Short Length

Pollie - Printed dress in blue & white
Wad £169, Now £95

Blue Abstract Print Maxi Dress


Friday, 26 June 2015

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Well this last month has been very busy for me with a house move; boxing everything up and then literally unpacking it all again. Being without WIFI for a month was testing to say the least!  But hey the sunshine is here ladies so let's enjoy it!

This blogpost is a chance for you to take a break from your busy schedule and grab yourself a drink and peruse the various articles below that I've been having a read of over the last month.  If there is anything you love, let me know by leaving a comment.  Enjoy x

Would you allow your fella to dress you? Well Summer Bellessa (yes that's her name!) let her husband dress her for a whole week, with some surprising results.  I personally love the stripy top, pink skirt combo - one I need to note for myself.  Have read of it here.

So would you like to know the most flattering hairstyles for your age? 20's, 30's, 40's & 50's.  This article by the Telegraph goes into some detail for the first three, however once you get to your 50's it seems you only deserve a couple of paragraphs!  I know I've hit forty this year, but after reading this, I'm sticking to 39 - have a look for yourself here.

Need a recipe or two?  I'm frequently asked for more recipes for smoothies and healthy living. One of the places I go to for inspiration is GOOP.  They have lots that you can take a look at, and if your not not keen on an ingredient then just swap it for something you love.  Take a look for yourself, but be careful you might lose a few hours here

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain at the V&A - I've not yet been but this is very much on my to do list!  This exhibition looks at extreme footwear from around the world and boosts to have 200 pairs!  (Bet we all wish we had that many.)  It's already started and tickets are £12.  Just need to find a date before the 31st January 2016, which I'm sure you can.  Read more about it here.

I'm going to end with a blog I wrote in the summer of 2012, all about summer essentials.  What you should keep in your handbag, the boot of your car and in the kitchen!  The only thing I would like to add to this list is a bottle of Prosecco ;) Have a read of it here, and I hope you all have a fabulous weekend in the sunshine ladies!


You can always keep up to date with Loved by Lizzi in more ways than just my blog, check out what I have to say in less than 140 characters here.  Or if you love your life in pictures then check me out here.  And if you love snooping at what your friends and family are up to, you can also check me out there too!

Friday, 12 June 2015

What I Wore - My week on Instagram

Firstly a big thank you to all my readers - I've been getting some lovely feedback on my latest posts and I really do appreciate all your comments!

It's been a tough few weeks coping without WIFI, with an imminent house move I'm hoping this will get sorted very soon - so I can be back up and running at full speed on Social and of course my blog!

Well you've asked me and I'm listening - it seems ladies you are keen to see more of what I wear each day.  I do post my OOTD (outfits of the day) and Today I'm Wearing photos on Instagram, but for those of you not following, here's an insight into my week of What I Wore.

So my week started with Saturday night.  I went out for dinner and I wanted to be stylish yet simple, so I opted for my new black culottes from Biba.  I teamed them up with a black tee and black stilettos - I relaxed the look by added my denim jacket.  Fonzo my Bichonpoo sadly couldn't join me on my night out, I wish he could as he makes a fabulous accessory! ;)

The next morning was very sunny, and I needed to be all dressed up for a Christening - it seemed quite strange to be so smart on a Sunday.  As the sun was shining I went for my orange lace dress from Wallis (last summer) and accessorised this with nude shoes and jacket along with a gold clutch.  To finish the look I went with my a Ray Ban aviators in brown tint instead of my usual dark Chanel's.

This week I wrote about top tips on shopping for jumpsuits; if you missed this post you can have a catch up here.  So Thursday I wore my black jumpsuit from Phase Eight (current season) - I'm loving this one so much, I'm tempted to wear it daily!  The gold belt keeps the look classic, and I wore black stilettos and a woven Chanel style jacket in cream & black.

And finally, I end the week with a 'Dress Down Friday' look for work - wearing my new 70's denim skirt that I've recently purchased from Limited Collection at M&S.  Denim skirts are probably my favourite denim garments but I've never worn one this long, and I'm really liking it. I wore it with an old Zara top and my gold cardi from Mango (both 2-3 years old now) and finished this off with this season's platform tan sandals from New Look.

If you'd like to see more of my daily outfits or my other Social pics, the follow me at Instagram under Loved By Lizzi.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

For the love of jumpsuits!

I love a jumpsuit - I think it's because it plays homage to my childhood days of dreaming of being Kelly Garrett from Charlie's Angels; I'm still so in love with Jaclyn Smith I'm forever checking out her twitter account @realjaclynsmith as she tweets photos every Thursday for #TBT of her Kelly days!!

In fact last Thursday night as I was driving to St Albans to meet the girls for dinner, I had my jumpsuit on and I was driving a low sporty coupe -  All I needed was the telephone (with cord, in beige) in my centre console talking to Bosley and that just would have made my night!! ;)

Image from @realjaclynsmith Twitter

Back to the jumpsuits - I currently own two and every time I wear them I receive lots and lots of compliments. Jumpsuits are so easy to wear but it's really key to get them in the right material, shape and style to suit YOU.

To get to the ones I own, I think I've tried on about 30!  So here's my tips as to what to look for when trying them on:

  • If your curvy you need the material to skim your body line - avoid wearing starchy straight materials like heavy cotton as this will not look great.  Both of mine are made from jersey.
  • It needs to fit you perfectly; so avoid them if they hang to long between your legs, too tight across the bottom.   Or if your like me, an hour-glass shape, then you need to opt for ones that have a belt or tie.
  • If your concerned about lumps and bumps and you want to hide them; opt for patterned jumpsuits and avoid pockets where they might enhance your less likeable features
  • If your body shape is straight and your bust-line is not too heavy then opt for a utility style with a button down front - these usually come in cotton or denim
  • Heading out with the girls or for dinner?  Wear heels - this gives the look an evening feel
  • Shopping, on the go or simply walking the dog - then I recommend flip flops or flat sandals
  • Have fun shopping for them, try loads on and don't get hung up on the fit, as soon as you have the right one on, you'll know!
  • And if you need to fly anywhere and you need to arrive in style, this is the ideal time to wear one!  

Another fan of the jumpsuit is Victoria Beckham, here's one of her recent tweets from her trip to Singapore:

A screenshot of my ReTweet from @Lovedbylizzi

Here's a few I'm loving!!
Rochelle Humes Strappy Jumpsuit

One of mine is from Wallis, and here you have the chance to mix two trends, jumpsuits and floral!

Tulip Floral Wrap Jumpsuit

And if you have cash to splash, then you've got to go DVF! 

DVF at Selfridges
Amina geometric-print silk jumpsuit

Friday, 5 June 2015

Chantelle Lingerie - It's time to get Sporty!

When I visited Chantelle Lingerie, I got the chance to try on their recently launched Sports Bra - and I simply loved it!  It was a great firm fit and I felt that I would be able to run, jump or skip and know that my breasts would be protected from any tissue damage.  And so I treated myself to this sports bra and I opted for one in the colour grey.

I received it a couple of weeks and I love it!  The cross section at the back ensure a firm support; and I now feel I could do anything whilst wearing this sports bra, which is great as without the support I find some activities can be quite painful and in the past I've worn both a sports bra and a sports top with bra support!!  Not much fun.

Why is it important to wear a top quality sports bra?

  • Most obvious - to avoid pain!
  • To be comfortable
  • Enhance your sports performance
  • When you walk you breasts move up and down & side to side by as much as 4cm.  When you run or exercise this can increased to 15-21 cm
  • Small breasts should be protected just as much as larger breast sizes
  • Protect yourself from tissue damage - Think about it... imagine an elastic band with a bag of sugar hanging at the end, and then imagine it swaying from side to side - what will happen to the elastic band over time?  It will become loose and lose it's elasticity  which cannot be reverted unless you have surgery - take care and look after your breast tissue.

So make sure you try before you buy!  Have a think about how many you will need, especially as your bra needs to rest for a day to help the fabrics and materials recover. And it's important for replace them regularly, Chantelle recommend every 6-12 months.

You can purchase Chantelle lingerie from Independents across the country - just check their website for a list.

You can also buy from:

  • Selfridges
  • Harrods
  • John Lewis
  • House of Fraser
  • Fenwicks

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